Prentend, Ms Heiskell? I do not need to pretend. The truth is that I have spend many, many years in many different settings in which skin color meant nothing.
It is most irksome that some seem unable — or unwilling — to get the race “chip off their shoulder”. Their perception distorts their own view of the world, and they assume that the same filter distorts perception of every other person.
Continuing to differentiate has the effect of perpetuating presumed differences.